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Yeast Rolls
Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 48 mins

An easy recipe for the best, fluffy, homemade yeast rolls, with simple ingredients like all-purpose flour and sweetened with honey!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Rolls
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • two 9” cake pans
  • pastry brush
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons  (or 1 package) active dry yeast
  • 3 large eggs room temperature, separated
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature - cut into tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour separated
  • 2 teaspoons  fine sea salt
  1. Add a 1/4 cup warm water to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Sprinkle in yeast, gently stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until foamy. 

  2. In a small bowl, beat 2 large eggs and set aside. Also, have 1 cup of flour set aside in a small bowl.

  3. Once the yeast is ready, add the room-temperature milk, butter, and honey, 4 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and the beaten eggs to the bowl. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together. 

  4. Increase the speed to medium-low/medium (speed 3 or 4 on a Kitchen Aid stand mixer), and knead for 5-7 minutes. Add the extra flour as needed, a tablespoon at a time to prevent the dough from sticking to the sides of the bowl. Otherwise, knead by hand adding flour as needed. Note, you may not need all of the extra flour. The dough is ready once it is soft to the touch and no longer super sticky. 

  5. Have ready a large, greased bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place it in the greased bowl. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm area for 1 1/2-2 hours, until doubled in size.
  6. Have ready a large floured work surface and two greased 9” cake pans. Punch down the dough and transfer to work surface. Using a knife or a bench scraper, cut the dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equal pieces and roll into a ball. 

  7. Place dough balls in pans, spacing evenly apart. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to proof in a warm area once more, for another 45 minutes.

  8. Preheat the oven to 375°.

  9. To make the egg wash, whisk together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Lightly brush the top of the rolls with the egg wash, and sprinkle with salt (preferably Kosher, if you have it). 

  10. Bake for 22 minutes, or until the rolls are cooked through and golden in color. Do not over bake. Place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Yeast Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 259mg11%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.